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Equipment Maintance and Upgrade

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $31,561)

This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars.

Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.

The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

The cities of Columbus and Eagle Lake and Colorado County are disparate jurisdictions. The three jurisdictions will share the Recovery Act JAG award. The city of Columbus will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant award.

Colorado County and the city of Eagle Lake have both declined participation and are requesting that the city of Columbus be awarded the entire award.

The city of Columbus, through the police department, will purchase and upgrade equipment. They will purchase a camera with a DVR interview system, four Sony Cybershot digitial cameras, three Vievu Le personal video recorders with warranty, seven radars, one mobile surveillance system, and a shooting simulator system. The equipment will be utilized to make technological improvements and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services.


Date Created: August 5, 2009